Authentic Chimichurri Sauce is easy to make in a small food processor. Chop up these fresh and delicious ingredients and you instantly have a sauce or chimichurri marinade!
Authentic Chimichurri Sauce is easy to make and doubles as a marinade and sauce. Traditional chimichurri ingredients will flavor any dish!
Traditional Chimichurri Sauce is on Argentinian descent. This herby, garlicky and very green condiment is great on all kinds of grilled meats and seems to be taking American menus by storm! Steak with chimichurri sauce seems to be the most popular, but really it tastes great on other grilled meats, vegetables, salads and even as a breakfast condiment!
This recipe for chimichurri sauce is fairly basic. Like Italians to Sunday sauce, there are many variations that are special from family to family. My recipe is basic, but can easily be modified to accommodate your tastes.
Variations for chimichurri recipes include adding cumin, spicy peppers such as jalapeno, serrano or even habanero, fresh oregano, shallot or onion, even cayenne pepper.
If you are one of those people who has the “I hate cilantro” taste bud, don’t worry. You can leave it out altogether and still have a fine chimichurri sauce. I would, however, recommend using the oregano to punch it up a little.
You can also play around with the vinegar. While I like using a basic red wine vinegar, you can also substitute white, sherry, champagne or any other type of vinegar that strikes your fancy. I would also use a high quality olive oil for traditional chimichurri.
A good olive oil will taste like, well, olives, while a poorly made one will taste like vegetable oil. Gross. While people tend to favor Italian and Greek olive oils, I prefer to buy mine domestically.
They are some great ones out there from all over the world, but the reporting of ingredients isn’t always the same and you could find that your super expensive olive oil was actually cut with vegetable oil.
Tools to Make an Authentic Chimichurri Sauce Recipe:
Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil– See my note above!
Mini Food Processor– I use this thing daily! It is buy far my most used kitchen appliance, it is small and I throw all the parts into the dishwasher, well except the base and cord, of course!
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
If you like this Chimichurri Sauce Recipe, you are bound to love some of my other classic sauces!
- Beurre Blanc Sauce
- Cumberland Sauce
- Coconut Curry Sauce
- Balsamic Reduction
- Simple Marinara
- Horseradish Cream Sauce
- 2 cups flat leaf parsley any overly large stalky parts removed, packed
- 4 large cloves garlic
- 3/4 cup cilantro packed
- 1 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- In a small food processor chop parsley. Remove to a small-medium bowl.
- Repeat with garlic and cilantro.
- Add crushed red pepper, black pepper and olive oil to the same bowl. Stir.
- Where is that easy button from Office Depot? THAT WAS EASY! Enjoy your Chimichurri Sauce!
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